Imphal: Twenty armed cadres from different outlawed militant groups surrendered to the Manipur government along with 15 arms and assorted ammunition here on Tuesday.
Of the surrendered cadres, 16 belonged to Thadou People’s Liberation Army (TPLA), two to a major militant outfit, one to PLA, and one PREPAK (Pro), said an official statement of the state Home department.
The weapons which laid down before Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, and other top police and security officials included one AK-56 rifle, one M15 rifle, one MK33 rifle, one Uzi SMG, one lathod gun, one Glock 19 pistol, six 9mm pistols, two .32 pistols and one .22 pistol.
Welcoming the newly surrendered militants to the mainstream in a simple function held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles, Chief Minister Biren Singh said various development policies and schemes initiated by the Central government have convinced many underground outfits to come out and join the mainstream, which he hoped will bring unity and integrity in nation building.
Biren also appealed to those militant outfits to shed violence and said only peace will bring normalcy, prosperity and can go forward. The Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been constantly working towards bringing the development of NE States at par with other States of the country, and people of the region should acknowledge and appreciate it, the Chief Minister added.
Biren also said that all the surrendered militants will be provided all benefits under the revised scheme for ‘Surrender-Cum-Rehabilitation of militants in the north east states’ and handed over a one-time financial grant of Rs 4 lakh to each cadre, which is to be kept in a bank in their respective name as fixed deposit for a period of three years.
Apart from incentives for surrendered weapons, the surrenderees will stay in a rehabilitation camp for three years during which they will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs 6, 000 for a period of three years, the Chief Minister announced.